Reflections Inspired By a Comment

A comment I received to my last post mentioned that my whole writing experience has mushroomed in the short time she has known me. She wondered if I ever dreamed that everything would come together as fast as it did…

Her comment was a wonderful opportunity to pause and reflect. I realized that I didn’t have an immediate answer.

After some thought, this was my reply:

Hi, Diane. Your kind comments led me to think about whether I ever dreamed about such things, etc. I think writing was one of many dreams I had throughout life that I knew were highly unlikely to come true such as many people have regarding becoming a professional ball player, a superstar actor, or winning a Nobel Peace Prize.

Once I realized that I had at least some modest ability to write song lyrics a few years ago, my pipe dreams regarding other types of writing seemed to me to feel a little less far-fetched.

As I don’t tend to enjoy long projects–-another reason that writing a full-length non-fiction book seemed very unlikely–-I began to try short projects such as blog postings, poetry, and then children’s books, and found that I also loved those forms of writing.

Always, in the back of my mind, I thought some of my original stories and blog posts might be of interest to readers as part of a book, but since I don’t enjoy long projects and do like to focus on doing things I love to do, writing a non-fiction book still seemed to be more of a pipe dream–-until 2 or 3 days ago.

What changed? I don’t really know. All of a sudden I had the passion to write a non-fiction book that I’d never had before. I’ve learned that once my passion for something flares, I need to go for it with all I’ve got as I never know how long it will be until something else comes along for which my passion burns even brighter.

Thank you for your comment, Diane. I enjoyed the mental exercise to which your comments led.



About russtowne

My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 4 young grandsons. I manage a wealth management firm I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of 23 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children. In addition to my family, friends, investing, and writing, my passions include reading, watching classic movies, experiencing waves crashing on rocky shores, hiking in ancient redwood forests, and enjoying our small redwood grove and fern garden.
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3 Responses to Reflections Inspired By a Comment

  1. Cathy Ulrich says:

    It doesn’t surprise me at all, Russ, that’s you’d be thinking about writing a non-fiction book. You have so many wonderful stories to tell.

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